About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Calculus Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about geometry and trigonometry. There is no faster or easier way to learn about calculus. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn to visualize geometry problems using hands-on and graphical approaches.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a calculus curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Geometry and Trigonometry unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Geometry and Trigonometry Unit Objectives:
- Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find distance.
- Learn to graph sines and cosines.
- Use the Pythagorean Theorem to go between right triangles and trigonometry.
- Calculate the volume of pyramids, spheres and other shapes.
1. How to Solve Visualizing Geometry Problems
A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes drawing that picture can be like doing origami with your eyes closed. Practice translating complex problems into simple, meaningful images in this lesson.
2. How to Calculate the Volumes of Basic Shapes
Squares pegs = square holes. Triangular pegs = triangular holes. But where does a sphere go? In this lesson, review volumes of common shapes while contrasting a sphere and a cylinder - after all, they both go into the circular hole... right?
3. Finding Distance with the Pythagorean Theorem
How much faster is it to cut the corners in a race around the block? In this lesson, review the Pythagorean Theorem, and figure out how to solve without a right triangle.
4. Trigonometry: Sine and Cosine
Learn an easy trick to help you solve trigonometry problems, including problems with sine, cosine and inverse trig functions. At the end of this lesson, you'll know what SohCahToa means and how to use it.
5. Trigonometry and the Pythagorean Theorem
Explore how the Pythagorean Theorem can be used in conjunction with trigonometric functions. In this lesson, take an inverse trigonometric function, and define all three sides of a right triangle.
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